Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: Barry Altschul, moers festival 2011
Barry Altschul


Tootie Heath, Ethan Iverson, Ben Street (Wednesday) Albert (Tootie) Heath is a jazz drummer of experience — he was born in 1935, the youngest of the Heath Brothers and has worked near the music’s aesthetic center for some 60 years — and he presides as a resident sage in this trio. Featuring a pair of collaborators in their 40s, Mr. Iverson on piano and Mr. Street on bass, the group draws from a stylistically diverse and often-delightful recent album, “Tootie’s Tempo.” At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, 212-576-2232,; $25. (Chinen)

Irabagon Festival (Friday and Saturday) A smart young saxophonist who has successfully ducked in and out of the mainstream jazz tradition, Jon Irabagon works on Friday with an expeditious trio that’s gearing up for its third album. It features two generations of elders, the bassist Mark Helias and the drummer Barry Altschul. On Saturday, Mr. Irabagon will lead a quartet with Michael Formanek on bass, Tom Rainey on drums and an unbilled special guest. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319,; $10 cover, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Matt Pavolka’s Horns Band (Sunday) The Horns Band, which released its self-titled debut album this summer, is the chief expressive outlet for the bassist Matt Pavolka. Drawing from contemporary strategies as well as the small-group music of Duke Ellington, his tunes accomplish a lot with earthy beauty and shifting momentum, and put a strong spotlight on the band’s members: the cornetist Kirk Knuffke, the trombonist Jacob Garchik, the alto saxophonist Loren Stillman and the drummer Mark Ferber. At 7 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, 347-422-0248,; $10. (Chinen)

Ches Smith Trio (Thursday) Just over a year ago the drummer Ches Smith convened this exploratory trio for the first time — not a left-field proposition, given that its other members, the violist Mat Maneri and the pianist Craig Taborn, have history with each other, and with him. Still, the group is likely to bring an agenda of fresh indeterminacy to this concert, which begins the fall season of the estimable Sound It Out series. At 8 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, 212-242-4770,; $15, $12 for students. (Chinen)

John Zorn’s Masada: Angels at the Vanguard (Tuesday through Sept. 7) The composer, alto saxophonist and conceptual ringleader John Zorn has recently enjoyed a full flourishing of his music in previously unlikely places, like the Newport Jazz Festival and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Next up is the Village Vanguard, where he’ll preside over a weeklong exploration of his Book of Angels project, featuring a dozen different bands, including Malphas, a duo of Mark Feldman on violin and Sylvie Courvoisier on piano (Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.); the Uri Caine Trio (Wednesday at 10:30 p.m.); and the cellist Erik Friedlander, in a solo set (Thursday at 8:30 p.m.). At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, 212-255-4037,; $25 and $30 cover, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)